Youth Engagement Officer
This is a great opportunity for someone who’s passionate about changing the outcomes for young people and the youth sector and ensuring they are at the centre of our work.
This is an exciting and busy time to be joining UK Youth as we have just launched our new strategy “Unlocking Youth Work” which outlines a bold ambition to impact young lives by unlocking youth work as a catalyst for change. As a result, we are recruiting for a number of new roles designed to enable the organisation to grow, improve our ways of working and enable us to deliver to deliver our ambitious 2025 strategic plan.
Following a competitive process, Volunteering Matters and UK Youth have been successful in their consortium bid to deliver key support functions to enable the #iwill movement beyond 2020. UK Youth will work closely with colleagues at Volunteering Matters and the #iwill Partnership Board to engage and involve young people in youth social action opportunities.
Reporting to the Youth Leadership Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the engagement and involvement of a diverse group of young people across the UK Youth and #iwill Movement made up of Ambassadors and Champions. You will facilitate opportunities and events for young people to build their skills and confidence, creating an inclusive environment for young to express their views.
Working closely with the #iwill team at UK Youth and Volunteering Matters you will connect young people to various opportunities. Using digital to build communities and connect networks. You will ensure this work is communicated clearly to wider stakeholders and to inform the evolution of the campaign.
Throughout your work you will ensure that all activity and engagement with young people comply with safeguarding legislation, policies and procedures, championing safe engagement and meeting the needs of each young person.
Who we are
UK Youth is a leading charity that exists to ensure all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. We work with others to ensure that the youth sector is strengthened, supported, and that provision is youth-led, evidence-informed and delivers high-quality outcomes.
UK Youth plays a unique role in addressing; the lack of investment in the youth sector, the lack of cross-sector understanding in how youth work makes a difference and the limited opportunities to embed effective solutions. These factors lead to mass inequality of access to youth services for young people. To find more about us and how we make an impact, please visit UK Youth Website.
Why work at UK Youth?
We are a values-based, passionate and committed organisation offering a friendly working environment with lots of opportunities for professional development and socialising (even whilst we are all working remotely!) from lunch and learn sessions, staff quizzes to virtual coffee meet ups.
UK Youth prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity employer and we would particularly welcome applications for this role from those who identify under one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to inclusivity, and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. Our selection procedures ensure that people are treated on the basis of their relevant merits, experience, skills and abilities and that no individual receives more or less favourable treatment.
We welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in our organisation including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are also currently underrepresented by men, and so are seeking applications from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identity to bring a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights to UK Youth.
What we can offer you
We offer a competitive range of benefits, good work/life balance, excellent learning and development opportunities and vibrant organisational culture.
27 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Pension scheme (currently UK Youth match employee contributions up to 5%)
Membership of our life insurance scheme which would pay-out up to 4 times your salary
Employee Assistance Programme to support employees both professionally and personally
20% discount off bookings at Avon Tyrrell our New Forest Outdoor Centre including, camping, lodges and outdoor activities.
Cyclescheme and Techscheme
How to apply
If you would like to be considered for this fantastic opportunity, please read the job description, and then click here and complete an application via our completely anonymised recruitment system (provided by Applied).
Closing date for applications will be Tuesday 19th October 2021
First round interviews are due to take place Tuesday 26th October 2021
As this role involves working in a regulated environment with young people, any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks which include criminal record check and employment reference.
As part of the recruitment process UK Youth will be gathering and uses certain information about you. For further information regarding this please review our Data Protection Privacy Notice which explains what data of yours we process and how we use it.
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